We’re heading towards the great migration…

The Chinese New Year’s is coming and I vividly remember seeing this documentary a couple of years ago of the queues outside the train station in Beijing. Mayhem. Then I remember seeing National Geographics “Great Migrations” and all of a sudden I visualise hoards of people in slow motion, moving to dramatic music to the […]

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To friends and foes near or far, wherever in the world you are…

… a very Merry Christmas. ❤️ Truth be told I did not wake up in a Christmas mood. The sun outside and the humidity that hit you when you exited the bedroom this morning in order to see if Santa has swung by the balcony during the night didn’t help. He had though. Swung by […]

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A week of snow and Christmas preparations.

It’s been a week of firsts. Snow started the trend. Woke up on Monday morning to some white stuff.. not a whole lot but enough to get me closer to some sort of Christmas mood. It was truly beautiful. ❄️ Strange feeling though exiting the gym and finding the pool where we used to swim […]

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Who needs IKEA – this is Sweden promotion at its best. 

At almost (if not all)every international school we’ve experienced throughout the world there’s an “International Day” designed to teach kids about different countries and cultures. It’s usually a very appreciated day for the students. It’s also the day I get to dress up my daughter in a Sweden costume! 👏🏻 She didn’t look overly excited this […]

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The key to a successful relationship.

With me that is as I have no idea about what works for others, is to understand that when I’ve got an idea in my head, there’s no stopping me. You can try, but most likely you will fail. After 10 years hubby’s pretty used to the fact. And there’s no different this time around […]

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Hutongs, drum show & a Starbucks strangely out of place

We had one goal today, to take Ms Selma on a cultural event, far away from iPad & Shopkins or tsum tsums. It didn’t start off well seeing she started to complain at breakfast already but we were determined. We wanted to take her to the Drum Tower to see the show and believe it […]

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Orchids, moon festival & Shopkin success.

Yesterday marked my third TGIF here in Beijing. Hard to believe that it’s been three weeks already.. Time truly flies.  Next week is mid-Autumn festival in China and moon cakes are coming in in abundance for us to feast on. For those of you who aren’t familiar with moon cakes they are pastries with different […]

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Dentist, adventure bath & Strawberry cake

Sometimes life throws you a curveball. This time it was an acute tooth ache which forced us to change our flight back to Kyiv & prolong our rental car.. 20 mins out from Jönköping my daughter started screaming in pain and we had to book an emergency appointment with the dentist. And in the world of […]

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Welcome to lake country.

So Midsummer. The most traditional Swedish celebration of all. Forget National Day or Christmas Eve, Easter stands no chance and eat your heart out Halloween. This is how us Swedes like to party.  Midsummer for dummies Midsummer is a family oriented holiday, more so than any other day (apart from Christmas Eve perhaps) and it’s […]

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